Madeline Kahn was born on September 29, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts. She began her acting career in high school and went on to college where she starred in several campus productions ultimately gaining her doctorate in her chosen field. Her finest years came in 1973's Paper Moon with Ryan O'Neal which was followed the next year by Blazing Saddles as Lili Von Shtupp, a saloon singer. She was so delightful in both that Madeline was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress in both movies. She also made an appearance with Grover on Sesame Street.
She starred in New York News
with Mary Tyler Moore
, and She starred in the CBS series COSBY.
In 1998, Madeline lent her voice as Gypsy in the wildly popular animated film, A Bug's Life. On December 3, 1999, Madeline died of ovarian cancer in New York, a disease from which she suffered for about a year. The accomplished stage and screen actress was just 57, and the CBS series couldn't continue without her. It ended in 2000. A movie named The Magic 7
has Madeline in it, but hasn't been released for several years.